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Last Updated: Friday, 23 March 2007, 13:32 GMT
Should World Cup continue?
Bob Woolmer
It is now known that Bob Woolmer died of manual strangulation
Cricket fans have been debating if the World Cup should continue or not following the murder of Bob Woolmer.

And the vast majority of users contributing to BBC Sport's 606 section on Friday believe it should.

Former South Africa paceman Allan Donald has called for the tournament to be called off in the wake of the news that Woolmer died as a result of manual strangulation.


But although fans are shocked by the revelations they have overwhelmingly supported ICC chief Malcolm Speed's call for the tournament to continue.

Here are a selection of the comments:


Tragic though Bob's death has been - especially for a guy so devoted to cricket - there have been no calls from his family or the PCB to call the tournament off.

The best and most fitting tribute would be a suitable accolade before the final and at the closing ceremony.

Ultimately cricket would be all the poorer (in more ways than one) if this World Cup were to be cancelled.

Mr B
Shocking news about Bob Woolmer, but the World Cup must go on for the sake of the West Indies, who have no doubt poured scarce resources into this competition.


Considering that Bob Woolmer had based his life around cricket, I can't see what cancelling the tournament would achieve. It will be pretty strange for the players in the current environment, but they are professionals.

How about suspending the tournament for this weekend? That would give the players and fans a moment to pause and reflect on what's happened, show the ICC are properly acknowledging the tragedy, and would be a mark of respect to Mr Woolmer and his family.

Mr Woolmer's murder is absolutely tragic but we should NEVER give in to any acts of terrorism or murder.

The IOC were in a similar dilemma in Munich '72 but the strength shown in continuing in spite of tragic circumstances was exemplary.

ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed
ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed wants the World Cup to continue

It's so sad what has happened, and there's no doubt that it's an indictment upon our sport, but I don't think the CWC should be cancelled.

Why would you cancel it? To give the players time to grieve...for the supporters to remember Bob Woolmer...can't we do these while at the same time play cricket?

The World Cup must continue, I'm sure a man of cricket such as Bob Woolmer would not want the tournament to stop.

As much as it seems insensitive to continue the World Cup, it must go on.

It would be a nightmare to cancel the tournament altogether and refund tickets and what about all the supporters who have come over to follow their teams?

What about re-organising the event, no-one will be willing to wait another four years for it. Also not to mention the cricket players themselves who will be playing in their last World Cup! As harsh as it sounds, the show must go on!

The suggestion that the World Cup be dedicated to Bob Woolmer's memory is surely a better one that cancelling the event completely.

The idea of remembring Bob at the end of final and at the closing ceremony would be as good tribute to him as anything else.

Now it's up to every single person involved in this game to give him a tribute and remember him for the good he has done in his life.

It's absurd to suggest that the World Cup be called off - we have no idea what the actual cause/reason/motivation is behind Bob's killing.


Bob Woolmer's murderer should not be given the power to shut this entire tournament - a tournament that is the manifestation of the dreams and hard work of so many on and off the field. If we allow them this power over us, they will have struck two mighty blows to the heart of cricket.

Like all Caribbean people, I hoped and prayed that the Cup would have ended without major incident.

The tragic death of Bob Woolmer has certainly killed (no pun intended) that expectation.

Whether or not the tournament continues (and I believe it should) Woolmer's death will always be the outcome that everyone will regard as the defining moment of an event that so many worked so hard and for so long to make "The Best World Cup Ever".

In the same way England decided to play Ireland at Lansdowne Road in 1973 in the face of IRA threats, in the same way the 1972 and 1996 Olympics continued in the wake of terrorism, continuing the event in the face of violence and terror generally shows the right measure of positive resolve and determination not to allow the perpetrators reward by recognition.

The sheen is lost, interest in the Cup is dimmed, but it shouldn't be called off because that might be what these dastardly men want.

We don't humour beasts.

The tournament should go on in Woolmer's name and the World Cup trophy itself should be named after him.

You can't just cancel a tournament like this. The idea that it is that simple is ridiculous. It would almost certainly result in considerable argument and litigation. It would serve no purpose and what is certain is that West Indians would suffer.


I think the tournament shouldn't continue - this is a man's life. It was taken from him for no need at all, you can't condone murder.


It obviously shows there is a real problem with security which has to be concerning for every player, coach and fan at the tournament.

This is like something out of a crime novel. It now takes one man to be truly brave and rise above the turgidity of finance, TV, and moaning "fans" and postpone the tournament indefinitely.

The cricket World Cup can easily be completed at a later date. To continue with this "festival of Cricket" is not only distasteful, but is completely in contradiction with the spirit of the game.

Allan Donald
Former South Africa paceman Allan Donald wants the World Cup stopped

How can you celebrate, cricket's major honour knowing that one of cricket's most respected and loved individual has been murdered during the tournement?

I think it's best if it were cancelled, not only in respect to Bob Woolmer and his family, but the team who wins wants to celebrate their sporting achievement. With recent events it will take the shine off such a victory.

The World Cup should be abandoned if only to make people realise that one man's life is far more important than a game of cricket or any other sport.

World Cup, Schmorld Cup, it pales into insignificance after a man's murder. If Wayne Rooney gets murdered during Euro 2008 would we want the competition to continue?

Of course the whole thing should be cancelled. It would be the decent thing to do. Oh dear I forgot, it's not about sport and what's decent nowadays is it, it's about MONEY.

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